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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 June 2018

Jim Carrey won’t face trial over girlfriend’s death

Case filed by woman’s family against the actor has been dismissed by a court in Los Angeles

The prospect of a civil trial against Jim Carrey over the suicide of his girlfriend was dismissed. AFP/Tiziana FABI
The prospect of a civil trial against Jim Carrey over the suicide of his girlfriend was dismissed. AFP/Tiziana FABI

Comic actor Jim Carrey has been spared the prospect of a civil trial over the suicide of his girlfriend after the case was dismissed, his representative and court officials said on Thursday.

Cathriona White’s estranged husband Mark Burton and mother Brigid Sweetman had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the star following her overdose in September 2015, accusing him of procuring drugs under a bogus name for her.

They also alleged that the 56-year-old actor – known for a string of hit comedy movies including The Mask, Liar Liar and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective – had given Ms White three sexually-transmitted diseases.

“All I can say is the case was dismissed and I have no further comment,” Mr Carrey’s publicist told AFP.

Documents filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court showed that a request for dismissal of the suit was submitted by the plaintiffs on January 25. A court official confirmed this but was unable to go into further detail.

Eagan Avenatti, the law firm representing the plaintiffs, issued a statement saying it was false to interpret the dismissal as Carrey having been “cleared” or that the case had been “thrown out”.

“There is no evidence of this – it is patently untrue... The terms of the voluntary dismissal and the circumstances surrounding it have not been disclosed,” said Michael Avenatti, co-founder of the firm.

According to the suit filed in September last year, the actor “used his immense wealth and celebrity status” to obtain opioids for her.

Mr Burton alleged that the actor bought the drugs under the fake name Arthur King and then “took steps to conceal and obfuscate his involvement and culpability” after his girlfriend’s death.

The suit also accused Mr Carrey of being obsessed with controlling and manipulating Ms White, who was 30 when she died, and with whom he’d had an on-off relationship since 2012.

Mr Carrey was able to monitor surveillance cameras at a home in the Los Angeles area where Ms White often stayed, the document added.

News reports at the time of her death said she and Mr Carrey had broken up a few days earlier.

Ms White sent a cryptic message on her Twitter account on the day the couple reportedly broke up that read: ‘Signing off Twitter, I hope I have been a light to my nearest and dearest.’